SEC Network Releasing Documentary Honoring John Ward, Other Radio Voices

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    The SEC Network is releasing a new “SEC Storied” documentary on SEC radio announcers including former Voice of the Vols John Ward.

    The “More Than A Voice” documentary launches the 11th season of SEC Storied on Sept. 26. The 90-minute documentary executively produced by Kenny Chesney will honor Ward, former voice of Georgia Larry Munson, current and former voices of Alabama Eli Gold and John Forney, former voice of Florida Mick Hubert, and former voices of Auburn Jim Fyffe and Rod Bramblett.

    “More Than A Voice” will be the fourth ESPN documentary Kenny Chesney has executively produced joining “Boys of Fall”, “The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story” and “The Believer”.

    “It was important for me to be a part of this film, because John Ward was such a big partof my life growing up and loving sports in east Tennessee,” Chesney said in a statement. “With his voice and his words, he painted a picture of Tennessee football that captured my imagination and the imaginations of so many. Meeting him was one of the highlights of my life – and I’m thrilled to be a small part of this film that sheds light on his genius and so many of the other voices who have made the Southeastern Conference really special.”

    Ward was the Voice of the Vols from 1964-1998 after graduating from Tennessee in 1954 and serving in the Army. The final football game Ward called was Tennessee’s National Championship win over Florida State.

    Ward became a legend in Knoxville with his enthusiasm and calls and sayings such as, “Give ‘em six”, “It’s football time in Tennessee” and “Bottom!” after a made jumpshot.

    Ward passed away in 2018 at the age of 88.

    You can view the trailer for the documentary here.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.